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Track four begins with a shellac collector’s convention, situating collecting in the context of a particular subcultural activity, imagining a range of possibilities from solitary collecting to being “the focal point of social interaction.” Returning to a memoir-like mode, the author reflects on his early involvement in collecting, as a clerk at a record store, beginning to collect jazz and avant-garde music, recalling in multiple anecdotes his adventures acquiring prized LPs. The piece ends with a comparison of several kinds of collector, from the “amassing” record buyer to the “connoisseur” crate-digger.

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